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Anthropology and rural West Europe today
Jeremy MacClancy

sake of jobs in Pamplona. Now a new generation, of the disenchanted and the unemployed, had come in to renovate their collapsing houses, clear their fields, push the forest back, and start afresh. The Navarran regional government usually approved of this re-appropriation and would even consider giving them title to the lands they were working. My second realisation was that this style of rural repopulation was relatively general and gravely understudied. Wright, in a 1992 review of recent ethnography on rural Britain, could only cite five examples, and only one of

in Alternative countrysides
The “Clean City” law in São Paulo, Brazil
Marina Da Silva

kinds of methods can be put in place to investigate the physiological and sociological effect of visual pollution. The creation of such methods requires citizen participation. Perhaps the most relevant process for this type of inquiry is considering a multimodal approach to research, including citizen science, qualitative research, and ethnography as a way to analyze how classification as pollution impacts different actors and their agencies. Visual pollution and the city: Sensing different modes of experience In 2014, I conducted a series of urban walks in São Paulo

in Toxic truths
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Finn Stepputat

Philippines … this is to mention just some of the images that have circulated in international media in recent years, testifying to the power and spectral qualities of dead bodies. The event of my wife’s death and its aftermath made me realise the force with which the state is articulated at the transition from life to death, a realisation that related to my previous academic engagement with ethnographies of state and sovereignty. States tend to establish a range of laws, institutions and practices to take control of the transition from life to death, including the

in Governing the dead
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Reflections on the politics of openness in a new world order
Alexander Thomas T. Smith

, we can draw inspiration. On 22 April 2017, thousands of supporters of science marched in the United States, the UK, indeed hundreds of cities worldwide. The so-called ‘March for Science’ attracted considerable media attention. Such initiatives help raise awareness of the issues facing the science community as a result of the policy uncertainties that Brexit and Trump’s election have unleashed. I also take inspiration from my research subjects in Kansas. Since 2008, I have been visiting the state regularly, conducting ethnographic fieldwork on grassroots Republican

in Science and the politics of openness
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Paul Latawski and Martin A. Smith

draw, Kosovo Polje , however, marked the beginning of the end of medieval Serbia. The legends and myths associated with Prince Lazar, the Serb leader at Kosovo Polje , provided an important link between the medieval kingdom and the emergence of a modern Serb national consciousness from the nineteenth century onwards. 9 Regardless of its ethnographic composition (discussed below), Kosovo was regarded as a key part of the

in The Kosovo crisis and the evolution of post-Cold War European security
medical pluralism and the search for hegemony
Enrique Perdiguero

Kuschick. 18 Although her work, first published in 1989, was meant to focus on ‘the practices and conceptions of popular medicine in contemporary Spain’ much of her discussion is based on folkloric, anthropological and medical writings from the early part of the century. But with the support of her own and others’ field work she was able to contextualize and qualify the early ethnographic material. The result, though, is that her work tells us more

in Witchcraft Continued
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Joe Turner

fact’. Photography provided anthropologists with an ‘objective lens’ to record and sensationalise ideas of human difference, progress and civilisation. European exhibitions often provided a space for such a spectacle, just as imperial and settler state archives held thousands of images of ‘native’ subjects for education, inspection and often entertainment (Maxwell 2000). Images provided ‘evidence’ of colonised people as savage and primitive, and as ethnographic records rather than people (consider the Savage South Africa exhibition described in chapter 1). 192

in Bordering intimacy
The status of bodies in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge genocide
Anne Yvonne Guillou

fundamental to our understanding of post-genocide Cambodian society, and in particular rural Khmer society, which has been largely neglected since ethnological studies slowly started again in the 1990s. HRMV.indb 146 01/09/2014 17:28:41 The Khmer Rouge genocide  147 From the suffering body to scars on the landscape: an ethnography of the traces of the genocide When, in 2007, I began a programme of ethnographic research into the traces of the Khmer Rouge genocide in a village in western Cambodia, the ‘body’ that I imagined I would be studying would be of the sort

in Human remains and mass violence
Listening to the Campanaccio of San Mauro Forte
Nicola Scaldaferri

during Carnival, as is the case in a number of situations in Italy, Greece and Slovenia. While Carnivals have long been the subject of ethnographic inquiry with regard to their performative and symbolic aspects, only recently has the sonic dimension become the subject of scholarly attention. These studies have often revolved around the role of bells (Blau et al. 2010 ; Corbin 1998 ; Frank 2008 ; Harlov 2016 ; Panopoulos 2003 ; Price 1983 ). Particularly important was the publication of Steven Feld’s multisited ethnography of bells in the form of a series of CDs

in Sonic ethnography
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Public anger in research (and social media)
Hannah Jones, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gargi Bhattacharyya, William Davies, Sukhwant Dhaliwal, Emma Jackson, and Roiyah Saltus

wanted to ask whether, in sharing through this medium, possibilities were created for ‘anger expressed and translated into action’, as Audre Lorde might imagine. One method we tried out as part of our online ethnography was to organise Twitter debates using the project's @MICResearch Twitter account, asking our Twitter followers provocative questions which we hoped would open up debate. While there were a few interesting exchanges, overall there

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